Recap: Toronto vs. Tampa Bay

 

The Sports Network

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Gose's ninth-inning bunt proved to be the game-winner as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, to complete the series sweep and win their ninth straight game.

Dioner Navarro led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right and was replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Pillar. Gose then laid down a bunt towards the first-base line.

Pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-1) picked up the ball and whipped it wide right of first baseman James Loney. Pillar hustled from first and dove headfirst at home plate to elude the tag of catcher Roman Solis as the Blue Jays notched their third straight series sweep.

"It's a pretty exciting win all around for the team," said Gose.

Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs and Jose Reyes supplied three hits for Toronto while Aaron Loup (2-1) earned the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth. Starter Liam Hendriks gave up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Wil Myers hit a two-run shot and Matt Joyce doubled twice for the Rays, who had won four in a row prior to this set. Starter Chris Archer surrendered two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts across six frames.

"It's been pretty much how the season has gone to this point, but we're going to change it," said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. "All these weird awkward breaks, we're just not catching them."

Reyes singled to lead off the game and two raced to third on a one-out single to center courtesy of Jose Bautista. After Adam Lind walked to load the bases, Encarnacion ripped a single to shallow right to make it 2-0.

In the second, Joyce doubled off the center-field wall with one away and Myers tied the game with a shot to left.

Toronto's outfielders made multiple solid defensive plays. With two down in the third and Evan Longoria on first, Gose kept it 2-2 by leaping at the center-field wall to rob Loney. In the sixth, Melky Cabrera jumped into the wall in left and extended his glove to take away a hit from Longoria.

Game Notes

Read more Baseball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category